We were all eating old apples today, or rather, old varieties at Audley End House and gardens near Saffron Walden. They seem very much in vogue now after decades when our taste buds were blockaded by the bland “Golden Delicious” or gums shredded by the redoubtable “Granny Smith”. Gradually new varieties have been introduced to our supermarkets. There is nothing, however, to compare with traditional varieties.


There was an interesting display of the varieties available to taste.

The walled kitchen garden with its apple and pear trees traditionally grown in fans and espaliers were inspirational for such as me with my one rather untidy if bountiful tree.

My own favourite? Egremont Russet.



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